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Kristé Sprague
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March 4, 2017 - 10:15 pm
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 Hi,

I'm looking forward to receiving the materials for the Thai Rocking Massage course!

So far I've registered for the certification and forum, a great set up!

So excited. Wink

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How do you get the little mark on the e in your name?

I am glad to hear that you are excited about our setup! Smile

Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our certification check list:

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A couple of things are missing (as per item #1 in the check list). One is your last name needs to be added to your forum display name so that it all matches up in our records. For your convenience I did that for you.

The second thing is that you didn't include any bio info in your profile. It's hard to relate to someone and respond appropriately without knowing anything about that person's background and experience with massage or yoga (or lack thereof). That I cannot fill in for you, but you can easily edit your forum profile and write something in the bio field. Smile

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Module One

Amazing video! So glad to learn motion sickness can happen and how to work other areas of the body for prevention and recovery. Do you think it would be helpful to place motion sickness bands on clients wrist?

I'm thrilled to know Thai Rocking Massage works both as a whole body sequence and/or for specific aliments.

Many available applications; slow rocking, fast rocking, wiggling, circling and swinging

The benefits (able to combine with other systems, can be done anywhere, affects energy flow, painless and pleasant, multiple function, auto self massage, original relaxation method, induces trans-like state and natural universal rhythm) make so much sense to me and easy to explain to clients.

Looking forward to module two.

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March 5, 2017 - 5:35 am
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Hi Shama,

Thank you for adding my last name.

I use a character map or copy and past. No worries, most people do not use it but, I appreciate your thoughtfulness.

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I wouldn't worry too much about the motion sickness things. It is fairly rare that this happens.
There are so many techniques in this course - if one doesn't work well for whatever reason, just use another one. 

Putting motion sickness bands on your client's wrists is like telling them to worry about something which is most likely not going to happen. It's like planting an idea in their mind unnecessarily. If someone really does get dizzy, just skip that particular technique and move on to something else.

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Thank you for the feedback.

Yes, I thought about the motion bands last evening and had the same thought.

Looking forward to the next video!Laugh

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Module Two

I was amazed at the difference with proper technique versus simply moving the hips side to side with the Chi Machine. Feels that my entire body waves and the faster and smaller the movement the better.

I experimented with my client (my husband) on the table. Lifting the legs helped but the technique was much more effective on the floor. Any advice for working on the table?

Chi Machine with Traction - I did both the right and left leg and found this easier than the Chi Machine without traction. Was unable to find a way to hold the opposing leg on the massage table. Maybe this is not meant for the table? I plan to teach my husband how to do this so he can do it on me! Hubby felt the joint space in the hip open.

Hip Assessment - I plan to review this part again, so informative. If I understand correctly, I rock in the direction on the restriction.

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Well, the fact is that I have never owned a massage table in my 18 year career. Here in Thailand they are rarely used. I prefer working on the floor since this is better for my ergonomics, it doesn't have any built-in limitations like a massage table, it is much easier on my body, and it gives you much better options than a table since your working surface can be much wider.

Just experiment with it, try to get the best leverage and ergonomics possible. Basically all the same principles apply which I teach for floor work throughout this course. They just need to be adapted and modified to the table. Experiment with table height, your stance, make sure you are not straining your back or your arms, and work as much as possible with your body weight.

Yes, you rock in the direction of the restriction.

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Module Three

Had a co-worker to practice on while I watched the video. We worked on the floor this time instead of the massage table.

Like your model, my co-worker has an open hip with only a slight inward restriction.

Certainly can feel the difference using more of my own body weigh and movement, versus just using my arms. Body mechanics not only benefit me but really improves the rocking motion and hugely benefits the client.

Using the Zen lines to apply pressure seems to really work the muscles as well as the hip joint.

I plan to practice this technique more over the next few days on as many volunteers as I can find.

Thank you for the wonderful teachings!

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You definitely can use your body weight much better on the floor, and you have a bigger range of movements. However you can also use some rocking movements on a table. It is just more limiting. Doing it on the floor is more fun and more effective and has no limitations.

If you combine rocking moves with another style of massage which is done on a table, then it makes sense to adapt it to table work. If you do something like Thai Massage or Shiatsu which are best done on the floor, then I would stay away from a table.

Both are viable options. It just depends on what kind of massage work you are doing.

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Module Four

I had a lot of time this weekend to recap and spend time working on module four. Received positive feed back, especially with the traction and compression technique for the hips. Holding the foot in place really helps to anchor the client giving a nice lift to the hip and lumbar spine. 

The lift, pull and rock give additional focus to the muscle while still rotating hip restrictions.

I love how this is all coming together and my excitement for Thai Rocking Massages is growing in leaps and bounds!

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March 13, 2017 - 3:19 pm
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Fantastic! Thai Rocking massage is the most creative and fun part of Thai Massage for me.

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Module Five

I practiced holding the heel and pushing it forward toward the right shoulder and back, then mid center and then to the left shoulder. After, I had my co-worker try it on me. What a WODERFUL stretch!

Took me a few tries to position the leg correctly to stretch the abductor muscle while pushing and rocking upon the femoral artery area. My client although full dressed said the position made her feel exposed. She was comfortable with me but said she would not be with a stranger. Is this a normal response?

A lot to remember in the video and some long practice time will be needed.

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Actually I never had any reaction like this ever. I wonder what she meant with exposed? Like you said, she was fully dressed. In western table massage people are totally undressed. I could understand if someone feels exposed without their clothes on. But if you are fully dressed, I don't understand how this stretch could leave someone feeling exposed.

However it does show that it is very important to establish good rapport and a feeling of trust with the client before a session even starts. Good client communication is essential. I have an entire protocol for this which I teach in my "Communication Secrets For Massage" course.

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Module Six

I really like how this hip rocking also massages the low back and torso at the same time. Seems not only physically therapeutic but very relaxing. As one who has studied and does a lot of energy medicine , I can certainty see how the techniques in this module move energy in the chakra midline so evenly.

I also noticed that I become relaxed while rocking my clients, almost trance like.Laugh

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Module Seven

I 've always worked on the massage table, never the floor. When I started the course, my intention was to adapt everything to the table. I have begun going though all the modules working only from the floor, which I am surprising finding I like very much. This module really proves how much more effective it is to work from the floor. The stretches used in this module are so great not only for the abdomen which I think many therapist forgot about but for the low back as well. I need to spend more time working on my technique but am confident it will come with more practice.

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"Trance-like" - that's a word I too use a lot to describe how I feel and how my clients feel.

Most therapists don't just forget the abdomen - this word is not even in their dictionary for some inexplicable reason.Frown Even here in Thailand the abdomen is hardly ever touched.
I have had wonderful results with abdominal work.

I am glad to hear that the floor is "growing" on you! Smile There are many things which are so much easier on the floor than on a table, and some moves that can only be done on the floor.

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Module Eight

My husband has had restriction in his right shoulder for many months. Because he is very sensitive to pain he is often not comfortable having it worked on. I convinced him to let me try the chest and shoulder techniques in module eight on him. He just kept saying, "Oh my that feels so good". He also enjoyed the spinal work as well. I am jealous because spinal work is my favorite. I will have to teach him how to do it on me.

I tried the chest circle rocking on myself and to some degree it can be done. Almost rocked myself to sleep!

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That's all good news. Rocking is great for pain sensitive people. It is really difficult to cause pain with rocking moves.

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Module Nine

The shoulder and arm rocking came easily to me. My body mechanics felt relaxed and my client enjoyed the techniques.

Thank you for putting the sequence together, I very much enjoyed watching you work. Do you know you make it look effortless? I am excited to tie this course all together and starting working in a sequence.

About how long does an actual session take following the sequence you performed?

On another note, in my state with my credentials I can perform energy medicine but not massage without a state massage license. I have a BS in Athletics, Maters in Metaphysical Science and a Doctorate in Transpersonal Counseling. This is much more training then a massage therapist, (no offense to them they are well trained) but yet can't legally perform anything with the name massage. In my state, I cannot call any techniques massage or refer to myself as a massage therapist. Looks like I need to find a new name for Thai Rocking Massage. Something like Thai Sen Movement, not really sure. Any suggestions?

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